Leadership | Review of Tribes by Seth Godin

A buddy of mine recommended the book, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin so I grabbed a copy and just finished it this weekend.

An easy read, it offers some real life examples of all kinds of people leading a tribe, big or small and what sort of person makes a leader [hint – all kinds].

While reading this book, I was reminded of this quote:

It’s easier to ask for forgiveness after the fact than to ask for permission first.

He offers some food for thought, of which I’ll mention a few bites here. . .

Here’s most people:

“Isn’t it sad that we have a job where we spend two weeks avoiding the stuff we have to do fifty weeks a year? . . .”

Life’s too short.  You don’t have enough time to be both unhappy and mediocre. It’s not just pointless, it’s painful.  Instead of wondering where your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.:

We have an OBLIGATION.

Don’t settle.Living in places like America, we have so many advantages, resources, opportunity and ability to build momentum.  Yet too many of us settle for mediocrity and maintain the status quo out of ignorance and fear.  The world is going through a shift and transfer of wealth and power – if you aren’t stepping up yet, now is the time.

The last morsel I’ll share pertains to the challenge of leading.  This is why passion and commitment is so important to lead successfully.

Once you chose to lead, you will  be under tremendous pressure to rethink your choice, to make compromises, to dumb it down, or to just plain give up. That’s the world’s job – to shut you up and be a good sheepwalker.  That’s why it’s called the status quo.

Good book – I encourage you to read it yourself. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us